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Kirpi

Mine resistant ambush protected vehicle

Kirpi MRAP

The BMC Kirpi has seen service during various military operations and proved to be a capable vehicle

 
 
Country of origin Turkey
Entered service 2014 (?)
Crew 3 men
Personnel up to 10 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 16 t
Length 6 m
Width 2.51 m
Height 2.86 m
Armament
Main gun 1 x 7.62 or 12.7-mm
Mobility
Engine Cummins ISL9E3 diesel
Engine power 375 hp
Maximum road speed 105 km/h
Range 8 00 - 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The Kirpi is a Turkish mine resistant ambush protected vehicle. It is named after a hedgehog. It was developed by the Turkish BMC company to meet a Turkish Land Forces Command requirement. This company specializes in production of commercial trucks, busses and military vehicles. A contract for the design has been awarded in 2009. Eventually the prototype passed severe tests in accordance with NATO standards. Turkish Army ordered a total of 468 of these MRAP vehicles. Another 200 were ordered by the Turkish law enforcement forces. It seems that deliveries commenced in 2014. Tunisia was the first export customer of the Kirpi with an order of 100 vehicles. The Kirpi has seen service during various military operations, that Turkey was recently evolved in. It proved to be a capable vehicle.

   Mine resistant ambush protected vehicles, such as the Kirpi, are typically used in the areas where mine threat is present. This Turkish vehicle was specially designed to withstand blasts from mines and improvised explosive devices.

   The Kirpi is based on the automotive components of the BMC 235-16P military truck. Its armored hull provides protection against 7.62x51 mm armor-piercing rounds and artillery shell splinters. During combat operations some of these vehicles were fitted with cage armor for protection against RPG rounds. Vehicle is fitted with an automatic fire suppression system.

   This armored vehicle has a V-shaped hull, which deflects mine blasts away. Crew and passengers are seated on integrated mine resistant seats, that absorb violent force and pressure generated by mine blasts. The Kirpi withstands mine blasts equivalent to 8 kg of TNT. Also this vehicle can be fitted with a jamming system, which blocks signals that detonate the roadside bombs.

   This MRAP is operated by a crew of 3, including driver, gunner, and vehicle commander. It accommodates from 6 to 10 passengers, depending on configuration. Crew and troops enter and leave the vehicle via side door or rear ramp. Also there are roof hatches for observation, firing, and emergency exit, if the vehicle is overturned. It is worth noting that most MRAP vehicles are prone to overturning due to their high center of gravity.

   The Kirpi has a shielded position for the gunner on top of the roof. It is operated manually and can rotate through 360 degrees. This MRAP can be armed with a 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm machine gun. This vehicle is also available with remotely-controlled weapons station. Also there are numerous firing port provided for the troops. Most of them have associated vision blocks. So passengers can fire their individual weapons.

   This MRAP vehicle is powered by an 8.9-liter Cummins ISL9E3 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 375 hp. It seems that other engine options are available. The engine is mated to Allison automatic transmission with 6 forward and 1 reverse speeds. Vehicle is fitted with run-flat tyres and central tyre inflation system. This system improves cross-country mobility over various types of terrain. Vehicle is fitted with a front-mounted self-recovery winch.

 

Variants

 

   An updated version of the Kirpi was revealed in 2016. It has some minor improvements, such as updated appearance of the front end.

   Kirpi 6x6. Essentially it is a slightly longer vehicle (7.1 m long) with an added axle. It is based on the BMC 380-26P 6x6 military truck. It has a crew of 2 and accommodates up to 13 passengers. The 6x6 Kirpi has improved cross-country mobility comparing with the 4x4 version.

 

 
Kirpi MRAP

Kirpi MRAP

Kirpi MRAP

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